.Jobs Talks Continue As Operators’ Group Seeks Advance Notice Process

Employ Media, manager and wholesaler of .jobs Internet addresses, got some support and more time to resolve a dispute over its handling of those addresses.

ICANN, the Internet’s addressing authority, extended a March 28 deadline for two weeks — and possibly longer — so the parties could continue efforts to work out a solution to what the organization says is a breach of contract by Employ Media.

The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN.org) claimed Employ Media had breached its contract by allowing the creation of job boards using a .jobs extension. It also complained that the rules for obtaining a .jobs address were so loose they “appear to exclusively serve the financial interests of Employ Media and SHRM.” (SHRM is Employ Media’s partner in the administration of .jobs. No response from SHRM to the charge by ICANN.)

Under the contract between ICANN and Employ Media, both parties are required to work together to resolve the dispute. This so-called cooperative engagement has to occur before the arbitration provisions of the contract can be invoked.

In a new development, a group representing Internet registry operators — sellers and managers of Internet addresses — is asking ICANN to take a more moderate approach in dealing with issues of possible contract breach.

The Registry Stakeholder Group issued a statement, now posted to the ICANN website, saying the organization should have first attempted to communicate with Employ Media before hitting it with a breach of contract notice. The group says the lack of prior notice, “is especially troubling in that it appears the conduct in question arises directly out of a new registry service that we believe was not only approved by the ICANN Board, but was re-affirmed by the ICANN Board upon reconsideration.”

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The new service reference is to the approval Employ Media got to sell .jobs addresses with “dictionary” names, especially those incorporating occupational, geographic, and geo-occupational names such as NYnursing.jobs.

The stakeholder group asks ICANN to develop a procedure for announcing its intention to issue a notice of breach before taking the action, except in emergency situations.

An archive of .jobs related posts is available here.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

You can contact him here.


3 Comments on “.Jobs Talks Continue As Operators’ Group Seeks Advance Notice Process

  1. I don’t know why ICANN, as well as others, aren’t exposing the fact that DirectEmployers Association cornered the entire market of .jobs addresses. This is an obvious coordinated effort between Employ Media and DirectEmployers for financial gain as no one can purchase a decent .jobs domain being DE purchased them all prior to them being released to the public.

    How is this right or legal to monopolize and corner a market like this? It would be like if two companies went in prior to the release of the .com era and purchased 1 million .com names prior to the public having a chance to…shame on all of those involved in this scam.

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